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January 28, 2014 3:47 pm

Pete Seeger Leaves a Complicated Legacy on Israel

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Pete Seeger. Photo: Anthony Pepitone.

JNS.orgLegendary folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, 94, died peacefully on Monday at a New York City hospital, according to his family.

Famous for 1960s hits like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Seeger was also well known for speaking out for worker’s rights and participating in the civil rights movement. But Seeger also left behind a complicated legacy when it came to Israel.

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Seeger drew headlines in 2011 for coming out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, expressing support for the BDS group Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).

According to an ICAHD press release, Seeger had donated portions of the royalties from his 1960s hit “Turn, Turn, Turn” to the group.

On the other hand, Seeger participated in an online peace rally for the Arava Institute, an environmental academic program in Israel, in 2010. But after discovering that Arava had ties to the Jewish National Fund, Seeger said, “I support the BDS movement as much as I can.”

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  • Ralph Adamo

    Seeger was a far-far lefty, and ALL far leftists are required to hate Israel and hate Jews as well. Of course, like all lefties, Seeger was an incredible hypocrite and wouldn’t say a peep about Muslim terrorism, slavery and racism in leftist nations, and communist attrocities. Seeger was always just fine with those things. But if civilized Israel should build settlements? Why then, he would speak out in angry protest.

    • Ben

      Ralph…please. Get a grip on reality.

      • Ralph Adamo

        Everything I have said is true. Whether you like Seeger’s music or are a leftist yourself, does not alter that fact. Moreover, your utter failure to present anything remotely resembling a counterargument only demonstrates that you have no basis for disagreeing with the truth of my statements.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Not really complicated. He was a check box far leftist communist who personally saw nothing good in or about Israel.

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